College Football Party Host and Hangover
College Football Party : The Host and The Hangover
The Host – Nebraska Cornhuskers
This week, that was undoubtedly the Nebraska Cornhuskers. It was an emotional week leading up to the battle between two top-25 teams in Nebraska and UCLA.
A young life, lost in a freak incident when a car struck him walking on the side of the road. Unfortunately, the Bruins next game would be on the road.
They had to make the 15-hundred mile trek into a stadium of 90,000 fans waiting to avenge last year’s loss. A red sea turned black. The hostile Nebraska Boneyard of raucous students.
Or so they thought.
Instead, the game started with a moment of silence for the late Nick Pasquale. Traditional red balloons released after the first home score were replaced with true blue and gold ones. The Boneyard became The Den, as students held signs of the number ’36,’ Pasquale’s number. Another sign read, “Two Schools. One Team.”
Yes, once the game started Husker Nation was in full support of their blackshirts. But during a college football game on a Saturday in the middle of September, in a game between two teams with national title hopes, tragedy turned to triumph. A devastating loss for the Huskers ended in a postgame prayer.
Sure, Nebraska now has a ‘1’ in the wrong column of their record. But more importantly, they have a ‘1’ where it matters most, in the eyes of UCLA fans and all of college football.
The Hangover – Michigan Wolverines
Michigan was the belligerent drunk who blacks out at the party.
They just came off an emotional win against a Notre Dame team “chickening out” of a rivalry that goes back 126 years. It was a sequel to the most attended college football game in history two years ago, when Denard “Shoelace” Robinson connected with Roy Roundtree with two seconds to go to defeat the Irish.
Under the Lights II outdid its predecessor. A new-record crowd. Last year’s college football runner-up. A team that had won 16 straight home games, the longest active streak in college football.
The Wolverines defeated their bitter rival 41-30 and Devin Gardner showed that Michigan is just fine with a quarterback that ties his shoes.
Michigan will not be fine, however, with how they played against an Akron team that had lost 27 straight road games.
The Wolverines were favored by 37 points. It’s tough to cover a 37-point spread when you only score 28 points the entire game, against a team winless in its last 23 contests against FBS teams.
Michigan was the guy who works on Monday but parties hard on Sunday. The one that sets his alarm to get up for work but hits the snooze button 3 times.
Michigan hit the snooze button for 59 minutes and 55 seconds.
Luckily for the maize and blue, mom came to the room with a bottle of Pedialyte and some Ibuprofen to make sure her honey had “a good day at work.”